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2:20 PM ET, May 1, 2010

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New York Times:
BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act  —  NEW ORLEANS — As oil edged toward the Louisiana coast and fears continued to grow that the leak from a seabed oil well could spiral out of control, officials in the Obama administration publicly chastised BP America …
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New York Times:
Editorial: Unanswered Questions on the Oil Spill  —  President Obama has ordered a freeze on new offshore drilling leases as well as a “thorough review” into what is almost sure to be the worst oil spill in this country's history — exceeding in size and environmental damage the calamitous Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
White House Memo: Shadow of Katrina Hangs Over Official Response to Spill  —  WASHINGTON — There's a world of difference between the impact of an oil spill and a deadly hurricane.  And the White House hopes it stays that way.  —  As President Obama stepped up his administration's response …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama inspecting oil-spill: Gulf crisis  —  Have we mentioned lately that timing, in politics, is everything?  —  The White House says today that President Barack Obama will visit the Gulf of Mexico Sunday morning to inspect the effects of a calamitous oil spill from an off-shore exploratory …
Discussion: D.C. Now
New York Times:
BP Is Criticized on Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act  —  NEW ORLEANS — As oil edged toward the Louisiana coast and fears continued to grow that the leak from a seabed oil well could spiral out of control, the White House announced that President Obama would visit the region on Sunday morning.
National Enquirer:
OBAMA CHEATING SCANDAL  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA has been caught in a shocking cheating scandal after being caught in a Washington, DC Hotel with a former campaign aide, sources say.  —  And now, a hush-hush security video that shows everything could topple both Obama's presidency and marriage to Michelle!
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
On my desk: The Manchurian President  —  My friend Aaron Klein, now a WABC radio host who has done some amazing work in probing Islamist terrorism in the Middle East, and Brenda Elliott have turned their attention to domestic politics and Barack Obama in his latest book, The Manchurian President …
Arizona Republic:
Pinal County Sheriff's deputy shot after traffic stop  —  A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the stomach Friday by an undocumented immigrant off Interstate 8, according sheriff's officials.  —  Lt. Tami Villar told 12 News that the search and rescue deputy was investigating a load …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Jawa Report
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CNN:
Arizona deputy wounded in shooting
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Manavt / This Just In:
Authorities: Ariz. deputy shot by suspected drug traffickers
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Arizona lawmakers modify immigration law  —  Legislators ban race from being used by police as a factor to identify illegal immigrants and require scrutiny only of people who police stop, detain or arrest.  —  Reporting from Phoenix —  The Arizona Legislature has narrowed …
Discussion: Diggers Realm and LAist
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CAN YOU HEAR THEM NOW?.... They're unlikely to get the kind of attention Tea Party events generate, but there will be quite a few folks turning out today for nationwide events on immigration policy. … Attendance at May 1 events have varied in recent years, but it was just a few years ago …
Discussion: Associated Press and Balloon Juice
truthout:
Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf  —  A former contractor who worked for British Petroleum (BP) claims the oil conglomerate broke federal laws and violated its own internal procedures by failing to maintain crucial safety and engineering documents related to one of the firms …
Stacy-Marie Ishmael / FT Alphaville:
‘We are wall Street...we are smarter and more vicious than [dinosaurs]’  —  If anyone knows who wrote the following email, which has been pinging around Wall Street and across prop desks, tell 'em get in touch with FT Alphaville.  We like the writing style.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Open Left and Corrente
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: ‘A guy who doubles down’  —  Assessing the Obama administration's mixed record on foreign policy, the grinding problems it faces like Afghanistan and the impasses it has reached on high-priority issues such as the Mideast and China, it helps to start with a historical parallel from the not very distant past:
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
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James Tozer / Daily Mail:
Muslim daubs war memorial with ‘Islam will dominate the world’ …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Dressing Mrs. Obama for Success, Then Going Out of Business
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BBC:
Anger in Malawi over polygamy ban
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Guardian:
The liberal moment has come
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Kos poll: Burns by six